Cutting Edge Concept Trucks


Get ready to see some new trucks at SouthTowne Motors. The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra HD are expected to features some of the same changes that the light duty trucks saw for 2016, including a revised grille and an updated front end.

HD Trucks

GM’s DMAX production facility in Ohio saw a significant investment – this is the plant that builds the 6.6-liter V-8 engine; and the investment was made to prepare for the new Duramax engine. Currently, GM uses a 6.0-liter Vortec engine in its HD models. If GM uses the new 6.6-liter engine, the trucks are expected to have a new transmission – the 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission for gas trucks.

The new Duramax engine will keep the 6.6-liter displacement, but may put out as much as 450 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque. The current Duramax engine puts out 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque.

As for diesel trucks, GM has not stated, as of mid July, whether the Allison automatic transmission would be upgraded from a six-speed to an eight-speed.

2016 Chevrolet and GMC 1500 Trucks

The 2016 model year update for the 1500 models will feature more aluminum; however, it won’t be as much as Ford uses. The new trucks may features an aluminum hood and front fenders to lighten them up a bit, but the body is expected to stay the same. The Silverado will see LED running lights, which the Sierra already features.

Currently, an eight-speed automatic transmission is offered with a 6.2-liter engine will now replace the six-speed transmission that now comes with the 5.3-liter EcoTec V-8 engines. It is expected that the 1500 trucks will get better gas mileage with the eight-speed transmission. This may be the only year that the eight-speed is offered since there is a rumor that a 10-speed transmission will be available on the 2017 model years.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Stop by SouthTowne Motors or keep your eye on this space for more information on the Chevrolet and GMC trucks as it becomes available, including release dates for the new model year vehicles.

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